MGMA: Hospital-employment trend rippling out to affect compensation; Group-health insurance rates climbing nationwide;

> Despite a rocky economic climate, median compensation in primary-care specialties increased modestly--between 7 and 10 percent from 2007 to 2008--according to data from the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2009 Physician Placement Starting Salary Survey: 2010 Report based on 2009 Data. Specialties as a whole saw a 10 percent bump. FiercePracticeManagement

> Individual policyholders may be dealing with the steepest premium increases across the country, but small, medium and large employers are seeing group medical coverage rate increases--and passing on some of those costs via higher deductibles and co-pays, according to the June Employee Benefits Market Survey from the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB) in Washington, D.C. FierceHealthPayer

> Proposed federal rules for "meaningful use" of electronic health records among health care providers are either too strict or too vague, according an analysis from consultancy Manatt Health Solutions. The report was commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation and the United Hospital Fund. FierceGovernmentIT

And Finally... Good thing I was always told to clean my plate. Article